Flume Patents (Class 405/119)
  • Patent number: 10844615
    Abstract: An under deck drainage system is mounted on rail members connected to the bottom of deck stringers in a transverse orientation thereto. The rail members increase incrementally in thickness from the proximal end of the deck to the distal end of the deck where the water is discharged from the under deck drainage system so as to provide proper slope for the drainage of water by the under deck drainage system. A ventilation panel is mounted to the periphery of the deck to enclose the under deck drainage system yet provide an adequate supply of air to the system for drying water therefrom. The ventilation panel is formed with a ventilation portion that is located below the level of the deck stringers, and with a hem portion that has sufficient length to cover the under deck drainage system from view even at the distal end of the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Elmer Esh, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10718096
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a three-dimensional drainage device suitable for a loose filling slope and methods for constructing the three-dimensional drainage device. The slope includes a stable stratum and a filling soil stratum above the stable stratum. The three-dimensional drainage device includes a surface drainage mechanism, a shallow drainage mechanism and a deep drainage mechanism. The surface drainage mechanism includes one or more catchment canals arranged on an upper surface of the filling soil stratum and a pool arranged on an edge of the filling soil stratum. The shallow drainage mechanism includes one or more first collecting pipes. The deep drainage mechanism includes one or more drainage gabions and one or more second collecting pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: CHINA UNIVERSITY OF GEOSCIENCES (WUHAN)
    Inventors: Changdong Li, Huiming Tang, Mingjuan Wu, Junrong Zhang, Yongquan Zhang, Lei Huang
  • Patent number: 9795970
    Abstract: A flow regulation system includes a sluice box that may be positioned adjacent to a fluid source. The sluice box may have a fluid urged therethrough. A regulator is slidably attached to the sluice box such that the regulator selectively restricts a flow of the fluid through the sluice box. The regulator resists being urged by the fluid flowing through the sluice box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Leigh Anne Chavez, Rodney Chavez
  • Patent number: 9068341
    Abstract: Component sets installed at selected intervals along the lengths of upwardly opening, just-below-floor-level utility trenches maintain a substantially parallel-extending relationship between opposed pairs of elongate, upstanding panels that form opposite sidewalls of the utility trench. The component sets each include a pair of elongate uprights of channel-shaped cross-section, and elongate connecting members that bridge between the paired uprights. The connecting members include an upper connecting member having opposite end regions 1) that overlie portions of upper end regions of the uprights, 2) that extending downwardly into the upper end regions of the uprights, and 3) that are snugly received within the upper end regions of the uprights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: David J Chrien
  • Patent number: 8920071
    Abstract: A container adapted to be placed near a walkway or road and adapted to receive a solid ice prevention composition such as salt pellets. The container has an entrance opening and an exit opening. The entrance opening of the container may be connected to a downspout directly or via a connecting member to direct water from the downspout into the container. Water enters the container through the entrance opening and mixes with the ice prevention composition to create a solution having a reduced freezing point. The solution exits the container through the exit opening where it is able to flow in its liquid state even after the ambient air temperature falls below thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hazard Mitigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Darin Luneckas, Steve Kunert, Blayne Medema
  • Patent number: 8911175
    Abstract: Systems and methods for drainage management, including a pipe that is cut along a longitudinal section thereof; and a pipe block having a curved section corresponding to a diameter of the cut pipe and including supporting legs. The curved section of the pipe block is configured to support the cut pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Robert H. Koerner
  • Patent number: 8899875
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for diverting water away from a building's foundation using improved splash blocks. A starting splash block is positioned proximate a building's foundation and under the building's water discharge line. A running splash block is positioned end-to-end with the starting splash block. A coupling assembly couples the front end of the starting splash block to the rear end of the at least one running splash block in the end-to-end configuration. The coupling assembly and configuration of the starting and running splash blocks allows for the running splash block to pivot with respect to the immediately preceding splash block in line. Upwardly extending projections are also provided on a bottom of the splash blocks to facilitate a reduction in velocity of the water transported through the splash blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Dry Basement, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Bramble, Otto W. Fleck, Lowell Hickman
  • Patent number: 8714876
    Abstract: The system employs a two piece gully assembly to implement an NFT system. The system has a square-U shaped base with a flat lid that can be fastened to the base. One of the advantages of the assembly is in shipping where the bases and lids can be easily nested for transport. When compared to prior art gullies, the shipping volume of the present assembly is effectively minimized. In fact, ten gullies of the present assembly can be shipped in the same volume as a single prior art gully.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Colin Archipley, Karen Archipley
  • Patent number: 8678710
    Abstract: A channel (1) is disclosed for use in the field of basic sanitary services, more specifically to a pre-moulded channel for rainwater draining systems, developed to satisfy the surface drainage needs of hydrographic basins and urban areas of growing density. The disclosed channel (1) does not require a stabilized ground, can operate at the surface of roads, allowing traffic to circulate and the road section used to be paved, can use modules of variable lengths, and can even serve, when already in use, as a street surface. The channel (1) comprises four basic pre-moulded modular elements made of reinforced concrete or pre-stressed concrete, i.e.: guide cradle (2), bottom (3), walls (4) and (5) and cover (6), of variable dimensions depending on the projected collecting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Maurcio Santiago Dos Santos
  • Patent number: 8522499
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a deck drainage system has a water-receiving structure locatable under the deck and a gutter connectable to the deck adjacent to an end of the water-receiving structure for receiving water from the water-receiving structure. The water receiving structure comprises a plurality of interconnected troughs. Each trough of the plurality of interconnected troughs includes first and second opposing sidewalls. The first sidewall of a respective trough comprises a tab and a second sidewall of the respective trough comprises a channel. The tab of the first sidewall of a first trough of the plurality of interconnected troughs extends into the channel of the second sidewall of a successively adjacent second trough of the plurality of interconnected troughs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Rodney Manson
  • Patent number: 8460560
    Abstract: An input channel (and method of making an input channel) for the flow of waste water into a grit removal unit. The input channel has a depth D extending from the bottom to the top of the channel. One side wall of the channel is configured to vary the channel width over the depth of the channel, whereby (a) the width at the bottom of the channel is WB, (b) the width at the top of the channel is WT, and (c) the width at channel depth “d” above the bottom of the channel is Wd, wherein (i) 0?d?D, (ii) WB<WT, and (iii) Wd is greater than or equal to the channel widths at substantially every channel depth less than “d”. The channel profile may be integral to the channel, or defined by a separately added component, and selectively be stepped, tapered and/or curved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Smith & Loveless, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney S. Mrkvicka, John K. Kelly
  • Publication number: 20130118625
    Abstract: A low profile downspout extension is formed in multiple segments including a flexible conduit, a splash block and an extension. The splash block transitions from a circular inlet into a low profile pentagon configuration with a central bead along the top surface of the low profile body portion to define an apex of the pentagon shape. The body portion is wider than the diameter of the circular inlet but has a height at the central bead that is more than half the diameter of the circular inlet. The body portion has ribbed side walls to strengthen the splash block without requiring internal reinforcement. The bottom surface of the splash block defines a flow path that extends generally linearly from the bottom of the inlet opening to the bottom of the pentagon-shaped outlet. An open configuration for the splash block provides an alternative above-ground splash pad structure for connecting to downspouts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Benjamin Bell
  • Patent number: 8439602
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed that includes a ditch liner formed with two opposing walls. A plurality of friction control corrugations is formed in both of the two opposing walls. The apparatus also includes one or more subsurface aprons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: FastDitch, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Suazo
  • Patent number: 8357295
    Abstract: An adjustable anchor rod arrangement for use with an underdrain system that includes the a pair of spaced apart legs and an elongated member adjustably attached to the legs, wherein the legs are adjustable along a longitudinal axis of the elongated member and the elongated member is adjustable along a longitudinal axis of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Xylem Water Solutions Zelienople LLC
    Inventor: John L. Geibel
  • Patent number: 8292541
    Abstract: A frame for retaining a grate over a trench for directing storm water to subterranean basins includes a frame that is embedded in the concrete surrounding the trench. The frame includes a vertical support that is sized and dimensioned to abut the pavement wall of the trench, and a horizontal flange extending from the vertical support to support a grate. The horizontal flange and grate each include a plurality of apertures that are configured to be aligned to receive coupling devices for securing the grate to the frame. A chute is positioned beneath each aperture in the frame to direct debris from the aperture to the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Neenah Foundry Company
    Inventor: Steven M. Akkala
  • Publication number: 20120011802
    Abstract: A splash block includes a body featuring a splash plate, an opposing pair of sidewalls and a back wall. The splash block body is also provided with an aperture adapted to receive an anchoring stake so that the body of the splash block may be secured to a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: DOMINIC BERTUCCI
  • Patent number: 7914229
    Abstract: A drain cover portion (100a, 100b) for a linear drainage system which comprises at least two attachment means. The attachment means are provided by at least one a connector attachment means (500) and at least one drain attachment means (700). The connector attachment means (500) is arranged to attach one or more anchor connectors (1002) for connecting an anchor (114) to the drain cover portion (100a, 100b) and/or one or more cover portion connector for connecting said drain cover portion (100a, 100b) to another drain cover portion (100a, 100b). The drain attachment means (700) is arranged to attach a drain portion (200) to the drain cover portion (100a, 100b). Each attachment means is arranged so as to allow the tool-less attachment of a connector/drain section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: ACO Polymer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Alastair Aubusson, Rob King
  • Patent number: 7820054
    Abstract: A method of removing solids from the slurry at a construction site located on or near a stream in order to improve the quality of water discharged into the stream by forming treatment zones for receiving slurry, said zones comprising walls of filter bags and floors of filter skirts, said bags and skirts comprising geotextile material and the bags being filled with a shredded rubber and woodchip combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Denny Hastings FLP 14
    Inventors: Denny Hastings, Kyle Seagroves, Stephen M. Sliger
  • Patent number: 7758282
    Abstract: An asymmetric corrugated ditch liner is disclosed that is formed with asymmetrical corrugations adapted to control fluid and materials flow through the liner. The asymmetric corrugated ditch liner also includes opposing angled opposing aprons that also having asymmetrical corrugations extending from opposing top edges of the ditch liner in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the liner. Connectors are provided for assembling the asymmetric corrugated ditch liner in a ditch. Anchors also are included for assembling the asymmetric corrugated ditch liner in a ditch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: FastDitch, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Suazo
  • Patent number: 7736092
    Abstract: A modular trench drain system with sloping overlay rails. A non-sloping section of trench drain is transformed into a sloping trench drain by installing sloping overlay rails. The overlay rails rest on the top of the upper edge of the sidewalls and may have a ledge which allows grating, which spans across the channel, to rest on top. The modular channels sections may be held together and in place by a clip with holes for accepting support rods which further secure the channels in place before and after the concrete has been poured and cured around the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Josam Company
    Inventors: Barry Hodgekins, Craig Swider, Curtis Held
  • Patent number: 7670084
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for constructing machinery flumes couples precast, fabricated sections of flume having a channel lining in a concrete cast. The sections are assembled to seal end to end forming a continuous trough in which assembly work is contained to reduce installer exposure, reduce field installation time and reduce construction costs for flume systems. Preferably, an end of a lining extends beyond the cast sheath for connection with an overlapped portion of an adjacent precast section's lining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Aristeo Construction
    Inventor: Agostino Aristeo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7637694
    Abstract: An adjustable drain has an elongate base element and an elongate drain element. The elongate base element has upwardly extending walls extending upwardly from the elongate base element. The elongate drain element has a top surface supported by downwardly extending walls, and the top surface has a plurality of apertures enabling water to drain through the top surface. First interlocking elements are vertically spaced from each other on the upwardly extending walls, and second interlocking elements are spaced apart from each other on the downwardly extending walls, enabling the elongate drain element to engage the elongate base element in either a first position or a second position, adapting to either smaller or larger pavers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventor: Darell W. Musser
  • Patent number: 7588392
    Abstract: A two-part grate assembly for a channeled drain trough. The grate assembly has a grate frame that receives a removable grate section. The grate frame has lugs with vertical projections extending therefrom that define securing recesses that assist in aligning and securing the grate frame atop a drain trough. Additionally, the present invention is directed to the use of an alignment bar that prevents the grate section from sliding out of operating position within the grate frame by restricting lateral movement of the grate section. Further, the present invention is directed to a method of providing a grate assembly for a channeled drain trough having a grate frame that is adapted to receive a removable grate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Doug Wroblewski, Kevin D. Himes, Patrick Slater, Douglas Dalton, David A. Ecklund, Joseph A. Sanfilippo
  • Patent number: 7547396
    Abstract: A feedwell assembly for a thickener/clarifier including a feedwell body, at least one feed channel connected at a downstream end to the body, and a plate member disposed in the feed channel for separating froth from an incoming slurry stream to where the separated froth may be dissipated by a liquid spray directed onto the plate member. The plate member may include a planar upstream portion inclined upwardly from an upstream end of the plate member and may further include a planar downstream portion inclined downwardly from a downstream end of the upstream portion. At least one spray nozzle may be disposed above an elevated portion of the plate member so as to direct a liquid spray onto the plate member in a region about the joint, for further dissipating froth guided onto the plate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: FLSmidth Technology A/S
    Inventors: Don J. Foreman, Dennis MacGillivray, Fred Schoenbrunn
  • Patent number: 7534071
    Abstract: A cradle assembly for installing trench drain or conduit channels which enables the channels to be suspended from support rods while simultaneously permitting the adjustment of the channel height with in the trench. Because the assembly enables the channel to be supported by the support rods while permitting adjustment of the channel height, final adjustments can be performed by a single worker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: ACO Polymer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Humphries, James McConnell
  • Publication number: 20090097921
    Abstract: A trench drain assembly including a flow channel and a frame for supporting the channel in a trench. Sidewalls of the frame have a gradually increasing height between ends of the frame so that the frame creates a gradual slope for the assembly to properly drain. In addition, sidewalls of the frame include spaced lugs that extend outwardly and sidewalls of the channel include spaced lugs that extend inwardly to create an interference fit with the lugs of the frame so that the channel can be easily attached to the frame. During assembly, the frame is lowered onto the channel so that the lugs of the frame are received between the lugs of the channels and the frame is then slid with respect to the channel until the lugs of the frame are positioned below the lugs of the channel to secure the frame to the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: Watts Water Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Hetzler, Bushra A. Ghaly
  • Patent number: 7513712
    Abstract: A device of a water draining system for caverns is described, comprising one or more sections of tunnel covering or tunnel canvas which is arranged in the cavern at a certain distance from the walls and ceiling of the cavern, and a draining pipe system for leading away water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Giertsen Tunnel AS
    Inventor: Alv Hanstvedt
  • Patent number: 7506844
    Abstract: A drainage channel installation device comprises a channel-securing member and a channel-hanging member. The channel-securing member releasably engages the channel-hanging member and has opposed ends that are adapted to be releasably secured to the opposed side walls of a drainage channel. The channel-hanging-member has both an engaging end that is adapted to releasably engage the channel-securing member and a suspending end that is adapted to receive and retain a suspending member. As a result, when the channel-securing member and the channel-hanging member are releasably engaged, the channel-securing member is releasably secured to the opposed side walls of the drainage channel and the suspending end of the channel-hanging member receives and retains the suspending member, the drainage channel can be suspended from the suspending member for installation of the drainage channel. The drainage installation device is reusable and allows the drainage channel to be positioned within a trench at any desired level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: ACO Polymer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Humphries, James A. McConnell
  • Patent number: 7507054
    Abstract: A below grade trench drain system and a method for making the trench drain system is disclosed which does not rely on the contractor's prowess to dig a trench with a proper slope. The trench drain system, in accordance with the present invention, includes a plurality of modular trench sections formed with a uniform exterior height and an interior fluid channel formed with a pre-sloped floor. As such, the trench drain system, in accordance with the present invention, can be installed in a level trench, which greatly simplifies installation by the contractor and ensures that the trench drain will be installed with the proper slope. The modular trench sections can be coupled together forming a trench drain with a continuous slope or alternatively coupled with modular trench sections with no slope to form a stepped slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Lighthouse Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Charles Fithian, Todd J. Holloway
  • Patent number: 7491017
    Abstract: A surface drainage device, in particular a sink tank is provided for connection to a drainage device or similar water-conducting element. At least one wall section of the surface drainage device is provided for connection to the water-conducting element and includes at least one flat section that is made of an elastomeric material, so that it can be adapted for the connection by a simple tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Markus Blaschke
  • Publication number: 20090003933
    Abstract: A splash block having a trough and a diffuser arrangement for use in controlling water dispensed from a downspout of a home or building. The diffuser arrangement including a plurality of diffusing elements that displace a high flow of water produced from a heavy downpour in a random dispensing pattern to prevent erosion of the surrounding ground material. The diffuser arrangement also defining low-flow pathways that accommodate a low flow of water through the trough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventors: Ken Anderson, Jonathan Records, Linda Draheim
  • Patent number: 7470085
    Abstract: The specification and drawing figures describe and show one or more improved ditch liners removably assembled into an improved ditch liner system. The improved ditch liner system includes a first liner section and a second liner section. Both liner sections are formed with a plurality of tightly peaked arc-and-ridge corrugations. Also included is a novel and unique overlap connection assembly for removably connecting one liner section to another liner section. In addition, various ways for sealing the overlap connection assembly are included. The interconnected system of improved ditch liner sections may be secured in a ditch by one or more removably rods. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure, but this abstract is not to be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of any claim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: FastDitch, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Suazo
  • Patent number: 7458745
    Abstract: A one-piece drainage channel for surface drainage is disclosed that comprises a molded, elongate body, in particular made of concrete polymer, with an upper surface over which vehicles can travel and which comprises inlet openings that open into a channel compartment, with side walls and a floor and with end faces to which can be connected additional drainage channels, catch pits or similar drainage installations, wherein the channel compartment comprises adjoining boundary surfaces, in particular a ceiling boundary surface nearest to the upper surface, side boundary surfaces and a base boundary surface. In order to provide easier manufacture along with high stability, even in the case of large channel widths and lengths, it is proposed to construct at least one side boundary surface and the base boundary surface or the ceiling boundary surface so that the channel compartment tapers conically in the direction from one of the end faces to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Arne Stoltenberg, Rainer Stolley, Rino Saredi
  • Publication number: 20080095582
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for constructing machinery flumes couples precast, fabricated sections of flume having a channel lining in a concrete cast. The sections are assembled to seal end to end forming a continuous trough in which assembly work is contained to reduce installer exposure, reduce field installation time and reduce construction costs for flume systems. Preferably, an end of a lining extends beyond the cast sheath for connection with an overlapped portion of an adjacent precast section's lining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Applicant: ARISTEO CONSTRUCTION
    Inventor: Agostino Aristeo
  • Patent number: 7357600
    Abstract: A water management system includes a series of corrugation couplers adapted for compressibly connecting and detaching liner sections end to end. Each corrugations coupler is included in successively formed corrugation segments. Each corrugation segment includes two adjacent corrugations, a leading corrugation, and a trailing corrugation. The leading corrugation is formed with a substantially triangular cross-section having a rounded apex (the “extended corrugation”); the trailing corrugation in a corrugation segment is formed with a substantially frustoconical cross-section having a height less than the height of the extended corrugation (the “shortened corrugation”). Also included is a connector for contributing to interconnecting liner sections end-to-end. A compressibly resilient gasket is included for contributing to sealing the liner sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Fast Ditch, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Suazo, Dawn S. Harder
  • Patent number: 7246472
    Abstract: A floor drain (100) comprising a bottom part (4) having at least one discharge opening (5), a front part being integral with the bottom part (4) and having a first part (3b) being inclined to said bottom part at an angle being at least 30°, such as at least 45°, preferably at least 60° more preferably at least 75° and even more preferably about 90° or at least 90° and having a flange part (3a) being horizontal or inclined to horizontal at an angle being less than 20° such as less than 17°, preferably less than 15°, such as less than 10°, more preferably less than 5°, tow side walls (2) integral with said bottom part and said first part, and a back part (1) being integral with said bottom part (4), said back part (1) extending vertically from the bottom part (4), through and above the plane defined by the flange part (3a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Unidrain A/S
    Inventor: Claus Dyre Nielsen
  • Patent number: 7156580
    Abstract: The specification and drawing figures describe and show an interlockable drainage system insertable into a ditch that includes two or more liner sections. Each liner section includes a plurality of corrugations that are asymmetrical. The interlockable drainage system also includes a flared channel extending from opposing edges of the liner sections. A shoulder is formed in the opposing ends of the liner sections. A plurality of bosses is formed on the shoulder. The plurality of bosses on one shoulder is compressibly connectable to the plurality of bosses on an opposing shoulder, thus connecting one liner section to another. A connector is provided for added interconnectability of the plurality of bosses. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure, but this abstract is not to be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of any claim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: FastDitch, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Suazo, Isaac Suazo, Dawn S. Harder, Juan Griego, Julian Suazo
  • Patent number: 7052212
    Abstract: A splash pad is provided for receiving water directed from a roof structure down a downspout. The splash pad includes a bottom and a surrounding wall structure. A spillway is provided that permits accumulated water in the splash pad to spillover and be discharged from the splash pad. An aggregate such as riprap can be contained within the splash pad for dissipating the kinetic energy of water discharge by the downspout. In addition, a lip can be provided outwardly of the spillway for dissipating the kinetic energy of the water spilling from the splash pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Bobby Joyner
  • Patent number: 7048466
    Abstract: The invention concerns a channel element (1) for roadway drainage gutter, consisting of a thermoplastic trench body (2) with U-shaped cross-section whereof the horizontal upper ends of the branches (2a) are designed to receive a metallic rabbet (3) for receiving and maintaining a metal grate (4) fixed to the channel body (2) with fixing means such as a screw (9)/nut (10), the trench body (2) including at least a bore (6) arranged at the horizontal upper ends of its branches (2a) to be aligned with matching orifices (7, 8) provided respectively in the rabbet (3) and in the grid (4) for receiving, preferably with clearance, a screw for fixing (9) the grid. Another bore (11) of smaller diameter than the diameter of the screw (9) is provided beneath said housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Aliaxis R & D SAS
    Inventors: Claude Benesteau, Daniel Pichon, Jean-Michel Paucod
  • Patent number: 6860678
    Abstract: A channel system for forming a trench is disclosed that includes a number of precast drainage channel sections and one or more alignment keys for aligning and interlocking adjacent channel sections. Each alignment key includes a base shaped for laterally bridging across a predetermined exterior portion of adjacent bottom walls of the adjacent channel sections. The alignment key also includes first and second opposed, inwardly facing jaw members shaped for longitudinally bridging across a predetermined exterior portion of adjacent first and second sidewalls, respectively, of the adjacent channel sections. Each pair of the jaw members can be carried by a respective base, and can be positioned in a lateral and longitudinal direction relative to the respective base to thereby substantially align and interlock the adjacent channel sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: ABT, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Gunter
  • Patent number: 6708737
    Abstract: A low profile velocity flume and method for collecting machine tool coolant along a machine tool installation uses stepped sidewalls to progressively increase the flow space area above a continuously and smoothly sloping bottom wall. Flushing nozzles are located in lateral segments of the sidewall defining the stepped sidewall shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: Jack R. Bratten
  • Patent number: 6692189
    Abstract: A flume for diurnally storing and releasing municipal sewage in its conveyance network of sewers and interceptor piping to reduce peak flow rates in a sewer system and the downstream wastewater treatment plant. The disclosed invention reduces peak flow rates without affecting flow rates below a selected threshold, maintaining minimum flow rates while storing wastewater in sewers and providing features that protect against sewer backups during high flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Aqua Flow Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Claude T. Anderson, Ronald L. Jacobson, Michael G. Rieth
  • Patent number: 6672012
    Abstract: A gutter cover for directing the flow of rainwater from a building roof into a gutter mounted to the peripheral edge thereof while preventing debris such as leaves and twigs from entering and clogging the gutter. The cover is secured to the roof of the building such that rainwater flowing down the shingles will flow across the cover at the bottom roof line. A lower end of the cover has an arcuate nose disposed substantially above the outer edge of the gutter. The surface of the gutter is treated with one or more combinations of coatings and/or substrate textures to slow the flow of water while improving flow to the cover surface. Rainwater will flow around the arcuate nose into the gutter while debris carried by the rainwater is expelled outwardly over the edge of the gutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: American Metal Products Company
    Inventors: Gobind Bahroos, David Eisenbraun, Daniel Ford, Stephen Gibbons, Dimitris Katsamberis, Dennis Maiello
  • Patent number: 6632046
    Abstract: A liner for use in casting a drainage block has an arched surface which defines an upper profile of a main drainage channel and the water inlets opening into the outer surface of the block as well as providing clips for supporting and locating reinforcing bars during the casting of the blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: ACO Polymer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert James King, David Neil Robertson
  • Patent number: 6595720
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a trench drain includes an elongated trench form, first and second spaced apart frame rails, a support member and a first and second fastener. The trench form includes at least one folding member folded along predetermined lines. The support member is affixed to the first and second frame rails to maintain the first and second rails in a fixed position relative to each other. The support member includes first and second fastener bearing surfaces spaced above respective uppermost surfaces of transverse portions of the first and second frame rails. The first and second fastener bear against fastener bearing surfaces of the support member and releasably engage the first and second frame rail. A joint support member may be included to align adjacent trench drain assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: ACO Polymer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Humphries, James A. McConnell
  • Publication number: 20030113167
    Abstract: A flume for diurnally storing and releasing municipal sewage in its conveyance network of sewers and interceptor piping to reduce peak flow rates in a sewer system and the downstream wastewater treatment plant. The disclosed invention reduces peak flow rates without affecting flow rates below a selected threshold, maintaining minimum flow rates while storing wastewater in sewers and providing features that protect against sewer backups during high flows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventors: Claude T. Anderson, Ronald L. Jacobson, Michael G. Rieth
  • Publication number: 20030082009
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for forming a trench drain. In one embodiment, the apparatus for forming a trench drain includes an elongated trench form, first and second spaced apart frame rails, a support member and a first and second fastener. The trench form includes at least one folding member folded along predetermined lines. The support member is affixed to the first and second frame rails to maintain the first and second rails in a fixed position relative to each other. The support member includes first and second fastener bearing surfaces spaced above respective uppermost surfaces of transverse portions of the first and second frame rails. The first and second fastener bear against fastener bearing surfaces of the support member and releasably engage the first and second frame rail. A joint support member may be included to align adjacent trench drain assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Derek Humphries, James A. McConnell
  • Publication number: 20020154952
    Abstract: An assembly for forming a trench is described comprising a frame having two elongated members that define a support surface and at least one opening. The assembly also includes a removable grate that is disposed on the support surface and includes a hook that is disposed proximate the opening defined by the elongated frame members. The assembly also includes a removable pin that is slidably inserted through an opening defined by an elongated member and is mechanically engaged by the hook of the grate to secure the grate to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Applicant: ABT, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Gunter
  • Patent number: 6443656
    Abstract: An assembly for forming a trench comprising a frame having two elongated members that define a support surface and at least one opening. The assembly also includes a removable grate that is disposed on the support surface and includes a hook that is disposed proximate the opening defined by the elongated frame members. The assembly also includes a removable pin that is slidably inserted through an opening defined by an elongated member and is mechanically engaged by the hook of the grate to secure the grate to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: ABT, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Gunter
  • Patent number: 6308479
    Abstract: A system for diverting rain water from the underside of a deck structure is comprised of a side-by-side array of flexible water-collecting elements , each of which collect and divert rain water from a regional area of the deck structure. Each water-collecting element is shaped to control the flow of water without restriction or impediment. This shape further increases the rigidity to the water-collecting element making it relatively easy to install and support. Coupling elements are interposed between adjacent water-collecting elements which function to fix them together such that the resulting array gains structural properties and impermeability comparable to a single corrugated sheet of the same material. Mounting elements secure this array to the underside of the deck. The result is an aesthetically attractive and environmentally rugged system which is realized with very economical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: Leroy A. Prohofsky